2001 Dodge Ram, 1500, 2wd,
Just thought I'd pass this on for what it's worth.
I ran into a funny deal today with my truck. A 2001 Dodge, 1500, 2-wheel drive V8 with 117,600 miles. Since I have changed the front brake pads four times during this ten year period, I assumed it was time to replace the rear brake shoes and possibly the drums if they were worn. I purchased all the necessary replacement parts and then proceeded to remove the brake shoes, etc. Upon inspection, I found that the shoes had very little if any wear and the drums were somewhat rusted on the braking surface rather than being shiny from use. The other components of the braking system were clean with no rust and no sign of fluid leakage of any kind although I have added some fluid during the past years.
With a set of calipers, I measured the new and then the old brake shoes. They were the same thickness. In other words, the brake shoes that were installed at the factory in 2001 were just as new as they were when installed even though the truck now has over 117,600 miles on the odometer.
Being surprised at my findings, I called Central Dodge, Springfield, Mo. where I had purchased the truck new in 2001. The service manager told me that these brakes are not “self-adjusting” even though they are supposed to be and that they must be adjusted manually. That was certainly news to me as it was to other Dodge truck owners that I have told about this finding.